Augustus Young (representative)

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Augustus Young
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by John Smith
Succeeded by Paul Dillingham
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1784-03-20)March 20, 1784
Arlington, Vermont, U.S.
Died June 17, 1857(1857-06-17) (aged 73)
St. Albans, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Whig
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

Augustus Young (March 20, 1784 – June 17, 1857) was an American politician. He served as a United States Representative from Vermont, a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, state’s attorney for Orleans County, a judge of probate, a county assistant judge, and a member of the Vermont State Senate.

Early life

Young was born in Arlington, Vermont on March 20, 1784. He completed preparatory studies, studied law with Isaac Warner of Cambridge and Bates Turner of St. Albans, and was admitted to the bar in 1810. He began the practice of law in Stowe.[1]


Young moved to Craftsbury in 1812. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1821 until 1824, 1826, 1828 until 1830 and 1832.[2] He was state’s attorney for Orleans County, Vermont from 1824 to 1828;[3] judge of probate in 1830 and 1831; and served in the Vermont State Senate from 1836 to 1838.[4]

Young was elected as a Whig candidate to the 27th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1841 to March 3, 1843.[5] He declined to be a candidate for renomination, resumed the practice of law, and engaged in literary pursuits.

Young moved to St. Albans, and became assistant judge of the Franklin County Court from 1851 to 1854.[6] In 1856, he was appointed State Naturalist due to his knowledge as a geologist and a mineralogist.[7] He wrote "On the Quadrature of the Circle" and "Unity of Purpose".[8]


Young died in St. Albans on June 17, 1857. He is interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont.[9]

Published works

  • "Preliminary Report on the Natural History of the State of Vermont" by Augustus Young Vermont State Geologist, published by Carruthers Press, July 2008.


  1. ^ Gilman, Marcus Davis (1897). The bibliography of Vermont: or, A list of books and pamphlets relating in any way to the state. With biographical and other notes. Free Press Association. p. 343.
  2. ^ "Augustus Young". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Vermont General Assembly (1828). Journal. Vermont General Assembly. p. 1997.
  4. ^ "YOUNG, Augustus, (1784 - 1857)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Augustus Young". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Augustus Young". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Augustus Young. Fragmentary records of the Youngs. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  8. ^ Herringshaw, Thomas William Herringshaw (1901). Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century: Accurate and Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women in All Walks of Life who are Or Have Been the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States Since Its Formation. American Publisher's Association. p. 1043.
  9. ^ "Augustus Young". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 23, 2012.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Paul Dillingham

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